Friday, March 14, 2014

Clover Leaf Gift Bag

I feel so lucky to have been asked to be a Guest Designer for Samantha Walker!


Yes, you read that correctly! The Clover Leaf Bag Topper is one of the files I was given to work. With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, I decided to use it to hold some handmade goodies that I had made for a friend. I really wanted to add some extra dimension to the topper so I created an "offset image" of the file before cutting out my pieces. I have included a complete tutorial below.

Clover Leaf Gift Bag; Skill Level: Intermediate

To begin you will need:

To make the Offset image for the Clover Leaf Bag Topper, watch this instructional video:

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How to assemble your Clover Bag Topper
Clover Leaf Gift Bag; Skill Level: Intermediate
  1. Cut the Offset topper from solid cardstock and the original from patterned paper. Using the clover from the patterned paper as a template, freehand cut a clover from the Double Sided Adhesive sheet. You can also create an offset of the clover and use your machine to cut the image.
  2.  Cut apart the patterned paper topper on the fold line. Add the clover that you cut from the adhesive sheet to the back side of the patterned clover so that the adhesive is exposed through the front of the image.
  3. Sprinkle glitter over the exposed adhesive making sure the entire surface is covered. Brush off the excess.
  4. Apply adhesive to the back sides of each piece of the patterned paper toppers. Align over the solid colored topper making sure to provide an even margin on all sides. 
There are many ways to attach the topper:
  • Staple it to your bag
  • Punch holes in the top and add a ribbon handle
  • Use brads
  • Cut a slit along the top fold line just wide enough to allow the handles to slip through (this was the method I used for my project)
Use the extra clover and cut out one or two more (like I did) to embellish the bag.

Have a happy St. Patrick's Day!

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